Relief, as 800 students get clean and safe water in Arusha Region

11Oct 2019
Correspondent
Arusha
The Guardian
Relief, as 800 students get clean and safe water in Arusha Region

MORE than 800 students of Mukulati Secondary School in Arumeru District, Arusha Region will no longer walk eight kilometers in search of water after HakiElimu handed a water well it drilled at the school costing of 25m/-.

TPB Bank CEO Sabasaba Moshingi (2nd L) hands over some of the 100 bags of cement and 1000 bricks worth 3.5m/- to the Nduruma secondary school Headmistress Hilda Zoya in Arusha on Wednesday donated the bank’s for support the construction of a girls dormitory at the school.

At the function to hand over the well to the school authorities early this week before the British High Commissioner Sarah Cooke, the Director of HakiElimu Dr John Kalage said the well was constructed with funding from the British government through the High Commission.

 

He said from the amount the wananchi contributed 5m/- and HakiElimu 20m/- and added that the water problem at the school is now past history, as students spent a lot of their learning time looking for water. He also said because of this, girls students started recording poor marks in class.

 

“There are 84 girls students who board at the school, and since the coming of the water well they have started to do well in class, because the time they used to take fetching water took most of their study times,” he said.

He said the High Commission has been a huge help in the country through HakiElimu as it has given various assistance to 127 schools in the country especially in pastoralists’ areas.

He said in Arusha Region it is giving assistance to 8 schools including four primary schools, and the goals is to assist girls students by increasing their numbers in both primary and secondary schools.

On his part the Headmaster of Mukulati secondary School Vitalis Nada thanked the visiting British High Commissioner who came to see for herself how the donation from her country was used.

He said the school is within the pastoralists’ community hence it faces many challenges especially in maintaining learning standards for girl students by improving their environments.

He also said the school still face the shortage of dormitories as currently it has only two that house the 84 girl students, while more than 300 fail to get places to sleep.

On her part, the British High Commissioner congratulated HakiElimu and called on them to ensure the funds they get is put to the intended use.

She said: “Our aim is to elevate girl student education wise as we believe once you assist a girl student, you assist the whole community.”

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